Dabbledoo Irish Music

In the week that the world turns its eyes to Ireland ahead of St. Patrick's Day, what better way to celebrate it than by learning to play some traditional Irish music. Today, we're delighted to release two new courses for schools so that you can bring Irish traditional music in to your classroom!


1.) Learn Tin Whistle with Whistleberry Tunes

We've teamed up with a good friend of Dabbledoo, Dr. Thomas Johnston to bring you a fun and engaging course to help you learn the tin whistle.

What you will learn:

  • begin by learning whistle basics such as (i) how to hold the whistle, (ii) the importance of warming up, and (iii) scales of D major and G major (i.e., the building blocks of all the tunes you will learn)
  • progressively develop your aural learning skills
  • develop technical musical abilities
  • learn lots of old traditional tunes such as Dawning of the Day, Song of the Chanter, and Maggie in the Woods
  • learn some new tunes composed especially for this course such as Tradoodle Do! and Faolán's frolics
  • discover ways that you can decorate the tune with a range of ornaments such as cuts, taps, and bounces
Who is this course for?
  • Children aged 7+ and their adults
  • Families who want to learn music together at home
  • Groups of children learning music in a school or community setting
  • Anyone, including adults, who want to learn basic skills and Irish tunes on the tin-whistle

How do I sign-up?

The course can either be purchased by an individual or by a school. The cost is as follows:

- €63.20 for an individual license (20% discount for St. Patrick's Day; usually €79)

- €220 for a school license

The payments are a one time fee for lifetime access. For full details on the course and how to enroll click here:

Learn Tin Whistle


2.) Sing along folk songs

Singing songs in the school is a fun and easy way for children to engage with music. It's also a great first step for teachers to bring music into the classroom. To help schools with this, we've picked 12 of our favourite folk songs and recorded them so that you can sing along with your students.

The songs have been selected and recorded by Shane McKenna (Dabbledoo) and our good friend Susan Hurley. While we have taken songs from lots of musical cultures, we have a number of Irish songs included. Here's an example of one of the recordings:

How do I sign-up?

The course can either be purchased by an individual or by a school. The cost is as follows:

- €25 for an individual license

- €80 for a school license

The payments are a one time fee for lifetime access. For full details on the course and how to enroll click here:


The tin whistle course and the sing-along folk song courses are our 2 new courses we've released this week. But that's not all we have for playing Irish music! We also have 2 free courses which can be a great intro for learning about Irish music:


3.) Classroom Concert 1 - Joe McKenna

Back in November we released our first in a series of classroom concerts with master uilleann piper Joe McKenna. Joe ran a workshop for a class where he demonstrated to the students the following:

  • range of different types of Irish music
  • different types of instruments used in traditional music
  • perform an Irish polka with Dabbledoo music resources

Here's an overview video of what to expect:


The course is completely free and if you or your school would like to sign-up to it, you can do so by clicking here:

Joe McKenna Classroom Concert


4.) Irish Music Introductory Course

This was the very first course we released to give children an introduction to Irish music. This course looks at the history of Irish music, gives examples of different types of instruments and styles used in the tradition and allows students to take part and perform an Irish polka for themselves.

To sign-up for free, click here:


We hope you enjoy these resources and that they help fill your St. Patrick's Day with music and song! If you do get to play along with any of these resources, take a video and send it on to us and we'll share it out on our social media pages. Email me at [email protected]